National Cancer Centre of Singapore
Comprehensive, Patient-Centred Care in Singapore.
The National Cancer Centre Singapore is the largest and comprehensive cancer centre in Singapore, and sees close to 65% of public sector cancer patients. Investing heavily in training, technology, safety and patient care, staff at NCCS get exposure to the very best in oncology. Using a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach too treatment, clincians discuss complex patient cases at tumour board meetings to decide on the best options for each case. At the same time, strong research teams comprising of scientists and clinicians working together are constantly working on new research to bring hope to patients.
Researchers at NCCS were the first Asian team to win the prestigious American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Team Science Award, recognising the continued dedication and commitment of NCCS to research on cancers that are prominent in Asia but less studied in the West. NCCS has also built up a team working in cutting edge immunotherapy, with researchers involved in a number of clinical trials including ASCOLT (exploring the role of aspirin in an adjuvant setting for colorectal cancer) and the Victory Consortium, looking at cancer influencing viruses.
At the same time, NCCS are focused on building an excellent Supportive and Palliative Care division, and are a regional training centre in this area. Initiatives by the team include a pilot project to expand NCCS’ breast survivorship clinic to make it more holistic and integrated, ramping up supportive care research, and training a pilot group of General Practitioners on the management of cancer survivors. In the near future NCCS will also move into a brand new building, featuring state of the art technology, including a comprehensive Proton Therapy Centre as well as easy connections betwen bench and beside with adjacent wards and labs. This new building will be more patient-centric, focused on the comfort, convenience and needs of the patients in order to serve them better.